Celtic Manor (Montgomerie) - South Wales - Wales

The Celtic Manor Resort,
Coldra Woods,
Newport,
NP18 1HQ,
Wales


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Designed by Ryder Cup legend, Colin Montgomerie, his new course at the colossal Celtic Manor Resort opened for play in July 2007 alongside its big brother the Twenty Ten course.

Monty’s new course has used the opening and closing holes from the old Wentwood Hills course for its front nine and the homeward nine has been created from land that once housed Celtic Manor’s old 18-hole Coldra Woods academy course.

While the Montgomerie course features a few deep pot bunkers and the club’s marketing blurb will have you believe that this gives the course a links-like feel, the layout is an open-country parkland affair with dramatic elevated tee shots across valleys.

The addition of the new 6,371-yard par 69 Montgomerie course allows Celtic Manor to boast three top-class courses and it has reaffirmed their position as the premier golf resort in Wales.

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Description: Designed by Ryder Cup legend, Colin Montgomerie, his new course at the colossal Celtic Manor Resort opened for play in July 2007... Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 14

I'd played this course in March and the overnight frost made the first few greens rather interesting! Quite surprised to have been let out to play with the greens still in that condition actually. It was something that caused me to wait an hour the next day at Royal Porthcawl before play could commence.

Anyway, apart from the cold, (it was quite a sunny day and I was down to a shirt by the back nine) I really enjoyed this course and the oft mentioned elevation changes. The 3rd was the headline act for the green just seeming to hang on the horizon, but I really enjoyed the lay of the holes on the back nine. In fact, I'd enjoyed the inward holes so much I was seriously considering walking off the 18th straight into the golf shop to go back out and try the Roman Road course. Well at least until my wife dragged me away, helpfully noting that I'd played that morning and was booked into Porthcawl as well and we still had to go and be proper tourists on a short visit to Cardiff.

Perhaps a stay onsite in the future with games at all three courses, if I ever find myself back in Wales.

4 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
November 27, 2018


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The Montgomerie course, named after Colin Montgomerie OBE who designed the course is of similar ilk to the Roman Road in both style and substance.

The walk is more undulating than the Roman Road and at times can be a little gruelling if you are not using a buggy but the quality of the actual holes is pleasing.

The best holes on the course are the downhill par five 3rd that has impressive views from the summit of the fairway whilst the next hole, a par three of 181 yards from the back tees, is also a superb hole. The next doesn't disappoint either before a run of solid holes takes you to the turn.

The 10th was my favourite hole on the course because it allows you to decide how much of the downhill dog-leg you risk taking on in order to give yourself a better and shorter shot to a green fronted by water.

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3 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
February 22, 2017


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Montgomerie day after very heavy rain, in great nick, very long hilly walk but burnt off calories from overnight stay at CM, buggy would be ok but you will still walk a lot, me and my wife did it no real problem. Long walk between some holes so if infirm, get a buggy! Front 9 one of the most pretty scenes I have seen, third is a wonder. Back 9 not quite so hilly.

5 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
September 06, 2016


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We played as part of a Society stay and play, and we probably enjoyed this the most of the three courses with some very challenging holes and elevation changes giving nice views of the surrounding countryside. Very hilly, so definitely take buggies and don't drive too fast or scary power slides can ensue !

4 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
July 31, 2016


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My experience of the Montgomerie was very good. The course was in great condition considering it is the Celtic Manor's third course and only cost me £21 to play.The course is quite short but is ideal for mid-handicap golfers; often doglegs and dramatic slopes make holes seem longer than they actually are. The best hole was the par 5 3rd which plays massively downhill and once at the green the views of the Twenty Ten course are amazing. The par 4 10th is also a great hole as you can lay up short of the water or go for the green in regulation. There are downsides to this course. It is a difficult walk and there are a few too many blind shots due to excessive slopes and doglegs.
5 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
August 13, 2012


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This course is BRUTAL and should require a health certificate never mind a handicap certificate...!! Highly recommend it though, especially as part of the 2010 package, great value...!
4 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
January 10, 2012


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Played the Montgomerie in August 2011 as a bolt on to the Twenty Ten and was really surprised by the quality of the course. In great condition and I personally enjoyed it more than the 2010. Round again spoilt by slow play, a five hour round, and you must hire a buggy as trying to walk the course is a joke.
4 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
August 15, 2011


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We played this in early november after alot of rain and apart from a couple of holes the course drained superbly. I preferred this to the Roman Road and although it is not the longest, it is a tough test. The fairways were in great condition and the greens superb, although a few too many divot marks not repaired. Like other reviewers i would recommend a buggy, there are lots of hills and some distance between tees. It is must play course and should be in the Top 100 with ease.
6 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
November 16, 2010


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Hugh
November 16, 2010
The only Top 100 list the Montgomerie would make is Welsh... just. But are there 100 courses in Wales?!
Ian Henley
November 20, 2010
Hugh, your question re a top 100 courses in Wales, I hope you have seen the article and list of our Top 30 for Wales? We think this list represents most of the very best that Wales has to offer and if we were to extend this list we feel that we would struggle to get much beyond 50 courses. This list is based on the reviews posted on the site and the Montgomerie comes out 12th. Our officical rankings will be out soon and i suspect one or two surprises will be in there.
I actually preferred this to the Roman Road course. This has a huge number of memorable holes, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th in particular, whereas the Roman road was a bit dull in comparison, and it runs right up against lots of roads, the hotel etc. Greenkeeping is pretty good, and drainage (v important in Wales!) is excellent.
5 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
May 11, 2010


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There are some wonderful holes on this course with breathtaking views. The best holes being the 3rd and the 10th, these wouldn't be out of place on 2010 Ryder Cup course. I walked this course and its probably the hardest walk i've had, although a buggy wasn't much better as they had to stick to the paths making some long walks for my playing partners. The greens were a bit fluffy and slow, as was the pace of play, 5+hours for a round. One other gripe is that your hitting into a lot of elevated greens which are up to 40 yards long with no indication of where the pin is, so club selection is a bit of a lottery at times. Good fun course all in all.
4 / 6
Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)
August 25, 2009


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